Nick Diakopoulos

Director of the Computational Journalism Lab, Northwestern University

Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Northwestern University where he is Director of the Computational Journalism Lab (CJL). He is also a Tow Fellow at Columbia University School of Journalism as well as Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen Department of Information Science and Media Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where he co-founded the program in Computational Journalism. His research is in computational and data journalism with active research projects on (1) algorithmic accountability and transparency, (2) automation and algorithms in news production, and (3) social media in news contexts. He is the author of Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media from Harvard University Press, and the co-editor of Data-Driven Storytelling, from CRC Press. For some of his latest thinking and writing on automation and algorithms in journalism see his column in the Columbia Journalism Review.

Nick is speaking at

September 28, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Room 2.107, HafenCity Universität (HCU)

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AI is everywhere: Algorithms navigate us, run Uber’s dispatcher, help judges make decisions and make governments smarter. It’s time for investigative journalists to step back from the hype and hold tech giants and governments accountable for algorithmic systems influencing society.

This panel will discuss current examples of algorithmic accountability reporting, its conundrums and how newsrooms can step up to investigate algorithms with algorithms. The speakers will also demonstrate this in projects that they themselves have set up and launched in the past – including on the central scoring algorithm in Germany.

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